Nothing beats nature if you’re seeking some peace and tranquillity. In winter it’s even better, as the crowds will have since a long time drifted away into the shelter.

The Arboretum, which spans from Jezus-Eik in Overijse to Tervuren, in the SE of Brussels, is shrouded in mist on a grey mid-December lunchtime. The perfect place to soothe the soul after so many stressful days.